West Yorkshire League: Ripon City still eyeing fifth-place stepping stone

NAWN 1403152AM W'by Ath. V Ripon. (1403152AM)
NAWN 1403152AM W'by Ath. V Ripon. (1403152AM)

Ripon City still believe a top five finish is obtainable despite a third defeat in four matches to worse opposition.

A late Brighouse Old Boys goal downed City 1-0 on Saturday after a fruitless afternoon in front of goal for Charlie Brown’s men.

Meanwhile, the club are in limbo regarding their Whitworth Cup semi-final against NCEL Division One side Knaresborough Town.

The Whitworth semi, scheduled for Wednesday, has now been put back due to Town’s NCEL league and cup commitments.

However, Brown’s boys will tackle the side directly below them in West Yorkshire Premier on Saturday when they travel to Horbury Town.

Despite Ripon’s poor form, fifth-place rivals East End Park and Boroughbridge also failed to pick up three points at the weekend. And club secretary Andy Young said there was still much to play for.

“We still want to take points from all our last games,” Young said.

“There are a cluster of clubs around us. If results go our way, we could finish fifth. If not, we could end up ninth. Fifth is still very much our aim. We want to use this as a stepping stone. We want to be seen as a successful West Yorkshire League Club.”

Ashley Atkinson, Duncan Terry and Daz Simpson were missing on Saturday, but all three should return for the Horbury clash.